Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Special Day and Giveaway

Well, my wonderful friends, today I turn 43! And I thought what better day to have a giveaway than today! When I painted this pretty woman, I was thinking of all of you who visit my blog on a regular basis, who give me encouragement and support, who make me laugh, inspire me and urge me to keep creating.

Before I tell you how to enter the giveaway, I wanted to share a couple of photos with you. I love this one of my mom when she was pregnant with me.
And then this one - I just love how my parents look so stylish! And how do you like my red rain outfit?
Today, I am grateful for my 43 years, for my sweet husband Daniel, for my family, my friends, and for so much more. Like anyone's life, mine has had it's up and downs, but still I have been and still am one lucky woman!

And now I want to share that luck with you. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post. If you are also following my blog, let me know in your comment and I'll enter you twice. If you want to link to my giveaway on your blog, leave a comment and I'll give you yet another entry... I'll pick the name of the lucky winner first thing Monday morning.

Now, there may be some among you who'd like to leave a comment but aren't interested in the giveaway. Feel free to leave a comment anyway and just let me know not to enter you for the art. I appreciate any and all comments!

P.S. I've received a few awards from some of my lovely blogging friends a couple of days ago and will happily pass them on tomorrow!



    I love the photographs and yes, sytlish and well dressed parents but the red rain outfit is the top!

    May you have many more bithrdays to come. and May your days be filled with happiness, a lot of art, smiles and love.


  2. Happy birthday to the loveliest lady around! What an inspiration you are to the blogging community!

    Love the photo of you mom. You two look alike!

  3. Alles, alles liebe und Gute zum Geburtstag, liebe Silke!!!

    Your parents made such a gorgeous couple! No wonder you are so lovely, too. I loved seeing your family photos. What a cute baby you were - love those healthy, rosy German cheeks!

    I wish you many, many more happy birthdays, and many more years of blissful creativity, dear bloggy friend.


  4. Your parents were a very attractive couple, and they look very cool in that stylish 60s fashion. And you were adorable, even with your little pointy hat! So glad that you've tapped into your inner artist this year and are having fun with your artwork and your blog. Here's to another happy & creative year! love, Beth

  5. Happy Happy Birthday, Silke! You are one lucky girl to have inherited your parents genes! Super models! You are Oh So Young and I hope you realize that. Leave a comment and not want the paiting? cRaZy?!?!? Enter me twice! **blows kisses ever so gently as to not blow out the birthday candles** Deb

  6. Happy, happy birthday! Your latest works are so gorgeous Silke ~ I love this new one as well! I love the lines of her face and the beautiful jewel tones. I would love to be entered in your give~away (I am a follower). I hope your day continues to be wonderful and that you have many more blessed brthdays! :) xx

  7. Well Silke, a big and very Happy Birthday to you. I hope you celebrate well. Those were wonderful photos. I do follow you and have loved watching your progression on the lovely ladies you paint. Funny, but I don't remember my 43rd. I guess I was too busy.

  8. Happy birthday Silke! You look lovely in your red outfit :)

    Hope you got yourself a huge birthday cake (a birthday is not a birthday without a cake)

  9. hi birthday girl!! i'm sending you 43 hugs and wishing you a very, very happy today and many happy tomorrows to come!!

    thanks for sharing your photos....your parents do look quite stylish, and you're as cute as a bug in that little red rainsuit!

    thanks for the opportunity to win a piece of your beautiful artwork!! :)

  10. Happy birthday to you!!! I hope you have a wonderful day.

    loved seeing the photos... very cute and stylish.

  11. Happy Birthday Silke!! tomorrow is my husbund's birthday too...what a coincidence!.
    I like the painting very much...

  12. ohhhh happy birthday wishes and here is to many many more years of happiness, and health, and art and life with your dear daniel
    follower? well, of course i am sweetie!!

  13. Happy Birthday Silke from Bobbi and I, may you have many many more.
    I would like to be entered in the giveaway and I know that Bobbi would love to be entered also.
    She is from the Bead goes on and told me to come tell you she is back in the hospital and I am not sure what is wrong yet. She will let me know more tomorrow.
    She called to tell me to come and let you know. You have been so very kind to her and I love you so much for that. She is one of the sweetest kindest women I have ever met in my life.
    I will tell her I wished you a Happy Birthday for her, she will be distraught she missed doing it herself.
    Marie and Bobbi

  14. Happy Happy Birthday! Hope it was a grand birthday! And thanks for sharing the pics!

    (Oh, and I'm a new follower too...and thanks for following my blog as well--I love when I have a new follower!!!)

  15. Happy Birthday sweet friend.

    I hope you enjoyed your birthday romp with your husband. har har

    You parents are both gorgeous and I love your little red cone head.

    Happy brithday, happy birthday.

    Love Renee xoxo

  16. Happy Birthday Silke!!!!! Hope it was wonderful and special just like you!! I loved looking at the picture of your parents, they looked fabulous and your pretty garden pics in a previous post. Always something to make me smile when I visit you!!

  17. I wish you the happiest of birthdays!!! 43 blessed years!!!!!! loved the pictures you posted - beautiful memories! count me in on your giveaway and i am an avid followers of yours!!! blessings on you! xoxoxo

  18. Happy,happy birthday , liebe Silke

    I hope you had a wonderfull day, sweetie.
    As for your beautifull picture giveaway I would love to be entered, and I`m a follower of your blog too, Jubiiiii, -
    Thanks for showing your privat photos, your parents looks great.

    Hugs from me ~Dorthe

  19. A Very Happy Birthday Silke!
    I have just found your blog through David's Sparklemirror site.
    Your paintings are lovely. I like the way you mix your colours. The red and green together, look so vibrant. Beautiful work!
    I am now following you and please can I be entered for the draw?
    I was born in the 60's as well and have a few nice photos of the family in 60's fashions.
    I had a bright yellow rain outfit when I was little!:)
    If you have a moment please visit my site. I'm an artist too.

    Best wishes Jo.:)

  20. 43 today!! What a youngster you are, Silke! Very Happy Birthday wishes from me in Malaysia! Lovely photos of your parents, lovely lady as a give away too - Oh yes,please enter me, I'm also a follower! Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Caroline xx

  21. Happy Birthday! I'll also be 43 in April! I really enjoy your blog and follow it regularly and would love to own one of your works of art! Your always inspiring and sweet. Thank you for thinking of all of us on your special day!

  22. Oh Silke you are so sweet and so incredible (not to mention talented too)! What generous and incredibly lovely give-away you are offering. Please count me in. I do follow your blog, and I just mentioned this in my blog too!

    I hope you are having a wonderful birthday. I wish you the best and another wonderful 43 years!
    Your mother is just beautiful in the picture and you are a reflection of her.
    Thanks for including us in your celebration.

  23. Oh, I've had such fun reading your comments and so love all the birthday wishes! And your comments about my parents, their fashion and my lovely red cone head (as Renee put it) were so great to read! Thanks to all you "old" friend and to all you new visitors!

    Love, Silke

  24. Happy happy birthday to you Silke! Hope your day was great! I was at the theater yesterday and didn´t check your blog until today. Sorry for being one day too late to wish you happy birthday! Lots of big birthday hugs from Annika ;)

  25. Happy Belated Birthday Dear Silke! You are a very special lady, your warmth & spirit radiates from all your posts. I'm so grateful to be able to share in your thoughts, writings & paintings - bless you & take care.

    Sarah xxxx

  26. I don't know how I missed this Silke! I try to visit your blog every day! Happy belated birthday!!! I hope you had a fabulous day! Lovely pictures you've shared here and what a wonderful giveaway! Yes, please enter me for sure! ♥

  27. Happy Birthday Silke!!! I am so happy that I met you and can share in your life...

    Bless you always!!!


  28. Happy belated birthday Silke, I just LOVE the red conehead outfit. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  29. Happy belated Birthday wishes Silke, I hope our day was special! Love your gorgeous artwork, Keep creating!

  30. Happy belated birthday! I hope it was a wonderful one:)

  31. I hope you got my silly birthday card... I'm really looking forward to seeing you guys and catching up- just a couple of weeks now!

  32. What lovely photos...especially the very sweet family pic in the stylin' clothes. Trés chic! Happy Birthday to you! You are now my age..43 exactly. I wish you a wonderful year's such a treat to visit your blog. Please do enter me into your giveaway, and I have added the follow gadget too. : ) Thank you SO much for your very generous comments at my blog. Your work (and this blog) are such inspiration for me.